Tuesday, June 2, 2015

5k: Aerodynamic: 1968 Triumph GT6 Mk I

The Triumph GT6 is an example of a classic that looks way more expensive than it is, almost to a fault.  Its Giovanni Michelotti designed fastback shape will attract all kinds of looky-loos at every gas station and random people will ask you if it is a Ferrari.  Today's GT6 is equipped with an aerodynamic "LeMans" front end that amplifies the air of exotic-ness.  Just don't tell them that you've got basic Triumph running gear underneath.  Find this 1968 Triumph GT6 Mk I here on eBay currently bidding for $4,450 with 3 days to go, located in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.


The original concept for the hardtop Spitfire began as an attempt by Triumph's racing program to gain speed advantages on the long straights of Le Mans.  They were successful with a Spitfire modified to GT6 fastback shape winning first in its class in the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans, and in 1966 the street version was introduced.


Power comes from a 2.0 liter pushrod inline-6 that developed 95 horsepower and 107 ft-lbs of torque in original trim -- probably a few more with the headers on this one.  The GT6 borrowed much of its mechanical bits from the Spitfire roadster, included its much derided rear single transverse-leaf swing axle setup. 


The most interesting feature of this GT6 is the front hood clamshell, a very E-Type looking front end that was probably sourced from a company in the UK like triumphspitfirelemans.com.  Hit it with a fresh coat of paint and enjoy.


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3 comments:

  1. Thanks V, for celebrating British Car Week! This GT6 is a marvelous example.

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  2. I think I am in love with this one, wish I had the cashola for this a shipment home to wny. would be scary fun with a newer motor like from a wrecked S2000. nice looking car!

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    1. Yeah, if you lost the front bumper fangs and hit it with a few coats of British Racing Green (or??) this thing would look incredible.

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